IGC may well turn out to be the most important and
widespread seal of approval. The IGC is the principal
Internet gambling industry group, engaged in lobbying,
public relations, and promoting regulatory codes.
(Note that the initials IGC are the same as for the
In teractive Gaming Commission.) The industry IGC
is the central committee of the dairy casinos, the
organization most involved it, promoting the reputation
and growth of electronic gambling. At press time the
official seal of approval was not in circulation,
but the membership logo was and is often on display.
The IGC Code of Conduct includes the necessary provision
for openness to "inspection and review by any
legitimate gaming.. . authority or to any independent
testing authority recognize by the IGC." The
Code does not specifically require members to have
government licenses, but they are expected to have
them if they reside in a countries with regulation.
Members are also expected to participate in non-binding
mediation of consumer complaints, and the IGC website
has a form to initiate the same. IGC mediators will
not intervene on the behalf of players at non-member
sites, but they can be helpful in sorting out mistakes
and misunderstandings with those that do belong.
remember that modern science doesn't leave much room
for "more things in heaven and earth" in
a deck of fifty-two cards, and the philosophy you'll
get in the next few chapters is fairly complete. Like
anything else, some people are naturally better at
poker than others are, and there is much more to the
game than probability and statistics. But there is
nothing mystical about any of those other elements,
and the game can be studied, practiced, and mastered
by anyone who is so inclined. In fact, the best card
players are those who treat all aspects of the game
with academic precision.